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Article :: 2005.06.08 - SWN Press Report

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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 8 June 2005. 

Men's Report
Well I never, Captain Ding has been accused of being too unbiased when it came to reporting the Prebble Cup win last week!  Anyhow, back to the final, the convenor of the day Alan Mace had this to report to the Waikato Golf Association. 

“The final of the Prebble Cup, symbol of supremacy in Waikato Golf, was replayed at Te Aroha in blustery conditions by near neighbours Tirau and Putaruru Golf Clubs on Sunday (29th). These clubs had contested the final at Pirongia earlier in the month and was a 6 all match result with 12 points each on a count back.  This meant a replay. 

The morning foursome’s matches were fiercely contested with 3 going to the 18th hole. If two putts had dropped the result would have been reversed but it was Putaruru ahead 3 to 1 at lunch. In the afternoon singles matches the pressure was on with all matches very close at the turn.  But soon after as they approached the last 2 holes, Putaruru made the break winning all four leading matches to take an unassailable lead 7 to 1.  The final went to Putaruru, worthy winners for the first time in their history. This may well have been the first time a replay has been necessary in this competitions 53 year History.” 

There’s another aspect here as well.  There was a great degree of consternation when our course was re-rated under the slope system.  Our course rating dropped to 67.9 from 68.6, and our slope was reassessed to 112 (from 115).  The Putaruru course had supposedly become that much easier. 

The result of these changes has effectively helped Putaruru secure the trophy.  Player’s handicaps have gone out at least 1 shot each, totalling 8 handicap shots over the team.  We still had to play good golf, but eight shots is a big advantage.  So the system has worked in our favour. 

Lithgow Draw
The first round is due to be played on Saturday.  Paul Graham plays Robbie Wi, Roger Clothier plays Tali Mulafia, Les O'Leary plays Maurice Tricker, Stephen Thorby plays King Shanly, Henry Van Dyk plays Barry Wallace, Ted Ward plays Ross Jellard, Hooky Howard plays Ron Taylor, and Frank Jamieson plays Peter Young. 

Ladies and Vets Report
On Tuesday the competitions were the 1st round of the Captains Trophy and of the Eclectic. In the 0-30 division 1st was Margaret Ranger 40 points, 2nd Heather Howard 36, 3rd Raewyne Hoole 35 on a count back from Denise Hunt. In the 31-54 Division 1st Margaret Karl 32, 2nd Joan Spargo 31, 3rd Bev Macartney 29.The only two was scored by Joy Aitchison on the 10th hole. 

The 9 Holer’s played 3rd round of a nett competition.  1st was Dulcie Mc Lean 37, 2nd Lynette Bennett 40 and 3rd Wanda Lyon 41. 

The final of the Club Trophy Handicap Matchplay was played on Tuesday and Irene McIvor won over Jenny Clothier on the 17th after a good battle.  Well done to both of you. 

Vets on Thursday were much depleted in the ladies scramble with so many going to the Matamata Teams tournament.  Best score was returned by Heather Howard with 36 points.

In the Men’s division Lindsay Siegel had 41 points, Gary Urbahn 40 and Dieter Drescher 37. 

Coming up …
This weekend also has the monthly Pork n Chicken $10 Tournament along with the monthly medal and Captains Trophy.  And with fear and trepidation, the brown brothers are having a “hui” leading into the Maori All Blacks game … so anyone who has an affiliation to the Maori Golf Clubs in the South Waikato is more than welcome to play the day and then catch up for the reunion of sorts … Good golfing from Captain Ding!

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